Portsmouth! Where to Find Santa in Portsmouth, VA


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Santa is a very busy guy this time of year.

With that in mind, we have a list for you to make it easier to track him down for those memorable holiday meetings, and of course, family photographs!

All of these events in Portsmouth (and many more) can be found on our Website Calendar. If you have a Santa appearance to add to this FREE Listing please SUBMIT IT HERE.

Don't miss our other BIG LISTS of Seasonal Fun including Where to Find Santa in Hampton Roads (all cities), Dining with Santa, Holiday Parades, Holiday Performances, Hampton Roads Lights Displays and more!

Featured Listings:





Dates: OPENING WEEKEND: NOVEMBER 23 – 25, 2018. November 23-25, 2018 Friday & Saturday: 9am – 8pm. Sunday: 11am – 5pm. EXHIBIT ON VIEW November 23 – December 31, 2018. Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am. – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm.
Where: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, High Street, Portsmouth VA
What: Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents. Opening weekend brings crafts, activities, pony rides, face painting and much more. Families may visit Santa during select times at Winter Wonderland. Please check website for Santa's schedule. Included with admission.
Cost: Admission to the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is $3 per person


Date: December 1, 2018 2-5pm
Where: Afton Square Park, 45 Afton Square Portsmouth, VA
What: Join the Cradock community, celebrating its centennial anniversary, in bringing in the holidays with joyful tidings. Bring the kiddies to see Santa Claus and for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. For more information, contact David Somers at 757-613-8254.  


Dates: December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2018 from 1-7pm. 
Where: Kroger, 1301 Frederick Blvd, Portsmouth, VA
What: Visit and pictures with Santa. A gift for every child
Cost: Free to visit with Santa and take your own pictures. Optional $7 donation for photo.

Polar Express Santa Sessions

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 2-4pm
Where: The Railroad Museum of Virginia Wythe Street & Harbor Center Way, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
What: Come experience the magic of the Train Museum with a special visit from Santa. 15 minute session with Santa. Includes a bell for each child and a special ticket. 
Cost: Package 1: 3 Digital images $100.  Package 2: 6 Digital images $150.  Package 3: All images in gallery + custom ornament $225.  Package 4: All images in gallery + custom ornament + slideshow $275 

Cradock Lions Club - Breakfast with Santa 

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-11am
Where: Cradock Baptist Church, 96 Afton Parkway, Portsmouth VA
What: Cradock Lions Club - Breakfast with Santa 


Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9am-12pm 
Where: Portsmouth United Church of Christ 5900 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth VA 
What: Please join us for a magical morning with Santa. Enjoy a pancake breakfast filled with fun and laughter all while helping the animals of the Portsmouth Humane Society. Santa will be there, don't forget your cameras! 
Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door


Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-11am
Where: USCG Base Portsmouth MWR, Portsmouth, VA
What: December 8th from 9 AM - 11 AM and come out and enjoy Breakfast with Santa! Don't miss out on a great breakfast, games, crafts and of course a visit with SANTA! Tickets will go on sale Thursday November 1st here at the Base Portsmouth Gym MWR Event Registration Office.  
Cost: Ticket prices are $7 for Adults and $5 for Children. Tickets will only be sold in advance, so don't put it off and miss out on all the fun!

24th Annual 5K Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Walk

Date: December 9, 2018 from 7 - 11:30am
Where: Union Bank & Trust Pavilion, 16 Crawford Cir, Portsmouth, VA 23704
What: Join the fun and get ready to do the Santa Shuffle in Portsmouth. The 24th Annual 5K Santa Shuffle & 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk will be held Sunday, Dec. 9. Registration for the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 7–8:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the 5-K run takes place from 7–8:45 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. Meet us at the Union Bank & Trust Pavilion for the fun run or the 5-K at the annual Santa Shuffle.
Cost: There is a fee to run/walk but spectators are free!

Special Day for Special Needs - Holiday Edition

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 9-11am
Where: Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High Street, Portsmouth VA

What: Join us for our holiday-themed day for children with special needs and their families to enjoy exploration with a reduced number of visitors. Santa returns spreading good cheer and lots of fun with activities and crafts too. We'll open our museum doors early for you, adapt some of the exhibits, and have quiet space available.  Admission is $5 per person with one caregiver admitted for free. Families are encouraged to stay as long as they wish.
Cost: Admission is $5 per person and one caregiver is admitted free. (Admission is good for the day; however, rates are only applicable between 9 – 11 am)


Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10am & 11:45am
Where: Bide-a-Wee Golf Course 1 Bide A Wee Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23701  
What: Ho, Ho, Ho! The Jingle Bell Brunch is back for its second year, Saturday December 15th at Portsmouth's Bide-a-Wee golf course. Enjoy a delicious brunch spread, fun and games for the kids and, of course, photos* with Santa--all in support of some great Hampton Roads causes!  
Cost: Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children 2-12. Seatings are at 10 AM & 11:45 AM. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance *Price of admission includes a free digital photo; additional photo packages available for purchase.
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